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Concours Rostropovitch 2009

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The Competition is open to cellists of all nationalities born after 27 October 1979.

Article 9 – The Competition Programme

First round (maximum : 20 minutes)
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris

A – Jean-Sébastien Bach: Prelude (obligatory) and other movements (choose from) one of the six Suites for Solo Cello (without repeat)

B – One of the following:

- Benjamin Britten: Suite for cello opus 72 (IV.Canto terzo, V.Bordone, VI.Moto perpetuo e Canto quarto) (Faber Music)

 - Benjamin Britten: 2nd Suite for cello opus 80 (I.Declamato, II.Fuga, III.Scherzo) (Faber Music)

- Benjamin Britten: 3rd Suite for cello opus 87 (VII.Recitativo, VIII.Moto perpetuo, IX.Passacaglia) (Faber Music)

- Rodion Shchedrin: Russian Fragments* (Sikorski)

- George Crumb: Sonata for solo Violoncello (Peters)

- Henri Dutilleux: Trois Strophes sur le nom de SACHER (First Strophe) (Heugel-Leduc)

- Paul Hindemith: Cello Sonata op.25 n°3 (Schott)

- György Ligeti: Cello Sonata (Schott)

- Witold Lutoslawski: Sacher Variations for Cello solo (Chester)

- Krzysztof Penderecki: Per Slava* (Schott)

- Marco Stroppa: Ay there's a rub* for solo cello (Ricordi)

        *works commissioned for previous Rostropovitch Competitions

Second round
Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris

A – One of the following:

• Ludwig van Beethoven: 4th Sonata for cello and piano in C major op. 102 n°1

• Johannes Brahms: 1st Sonata for cello and piano in E minor op. 38 (without repeat)

• Felix Mendelssohn: Sonata pour cello and piano n°2 in D major op. 58 (without repeat)

• Robert Schumann: Fünf Stücke im Volkston for cello and piano op. 102

B – Claude Debussy: Sonata for cello and piano, in D minor

CÉric Tanguy: Invocation, work for solo cello, composed for the Competition (about five-six minutes)
commissioned by Musique nouvelle en liberté - Creation Concours Rostropovitch 2009

The score will be sent to the competitors one month before the rounds start.

D – David Popper: Elfentanz, opus 39

Final Round

A/ Salle Gaveau

1/ A free programme from twenty to thirty minutes of published works (or movements of works) for solo cello or cello and piano, except for works chosen for previous rounds.

B/ salle pleyel

One of the following:

• Dimitri Shostakovitch: 1st Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 107

• Anton Dvorák: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 104

• Robert Schumann: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra op. 129

• Piotr Ilitch Tchaïkovski: Variations on a rococo theme for Cello and Orchestra in A major op. 33

For the first two rounds, contestants may choose the order of works to be played.

The competitors will be allowed to play using the scores, except in the final round with orchestra.

Candidates wishing to change their repertoire must advise the Competition Organisers in writing by e-mail no later than Friday, 17 October 2009.

download an extract of the programme (148 ko)

Article 10 – Drawing of lots

Lots shall be drawn on Tuesday 27 October 2009 to determine the order of play. Contestants are obliged to be present in person on this occasion.

A second drawing of lots shall be held to determine order of play in the final round.


Article 11 – Rounds

All rounds shall be open to the public.

The first two rounds will take place in the Conservatoire à rayonnement régional de Paris, 14 rue de Madrid 75008 Paris.

The final round (concertos) will take place on Saturday 7 November 2009 at the Salle Pleyel with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Jean Deroyer.


Article 12 – Rehearsals

For the second and the final round, the Competition Organisers will provide a pianist for the contestants.

Two rehearsal sessions will be provided by the Competition Organisers.

Contestants may bring an accompanist, at their own expense.


Article 13 – Jury

Following each round including the final, the Jury shall meet and make his decisions according to modalities previously known by each member of the Jury. In the event of a tie, the Jury Chairman holds the casting vote.

The Jury reserves the right not to award all prizes.

The Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris cannot be shared.

The Jury may issue special distinctions.

The Jury may only award prizes to contestants who have reached the second round except for the Prize for the young soloist.

The Jury's decision is final.


Article 14 – Prizes and prizewinners’ concert

Grand Prix de la Ville de Paris : 10 000 €

2nd Prize - Prize donated by the Académie des Beaux-Arts: 7 000 €

3rd Prize: 4 000 €

4th Prize: 3 000 €

Special Prize, offered by the Rostropovich Foundation, to the most remarkable personality: 5 000 €

Prize for the best interpretation of the 1st Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, op. 107 by Dimitri Chostakovitch: 2 500 €, offered by the Rostropovich Cello Foundation

Prize for the best performance of French romantic music, offered by the Palazzetto Bru Zane: 2 500 €

Prize for the young soloist: a bow from Sylvain Bigot, offered by both the instrument maker Nicolas Perrin and the bow maker Sylvain Bigot

Prize for the best performance of Invocation by Éric Tanguy, offered by Sacem: 2 000 €

The winner of the Grand Prix will benefit from various engagements offered by:

The Fourth Rostropovich Festival in Baku (December 2010)
The Beethovenfeste Bonn 2010 (between September 10 and October 10, 2010)
Les Estivales de Musique au cœur du Médoc (on July 6, 2010, in the Château Branaire-Ducru)
The Orchestre national de Lille
The Orchestre Simón Bolívar (Caracas, 2010-2011)

The Bois d'Harmonie will give a complete set of accessories (pegs - tailpieces - endpins) to the Grand Prix.

The following events will propose engagements to one of the winners of their choice:

The Festival de Sully et du Loiret
The Festival de l'Orangerie de Sceaux
The"Cello Festival" - Kronberg (2011)
The City of Colmar as part of its promotion of the 2010 Colmar International Festival activities
The Saison musicale du musée de l'Armée in the Cathédrale Saint-Louis des Invalides
The Festival international Antibes Génération Virtuoses
The Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil
(concerts-tremplin 2010)
The Festival d'Annecy as part of the Festival "Plaisir de Musiques"
Les nouveaux Solistes aux Serres d’Auteuil
The Festival Jeunes Talents 2010 ou 2011

The Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française, will propose an engagement to the winner of the Prize for the best performance of French romantic music, for one concert during the festival "Le Salon romantique" in Venizia, on February 2011

The Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolívar will propose an engagement to the winner of the Prize for the young soloist (Caracas, saison 2010-2011)

Prizewinners will be called upon for further performances; details are to be posted in due course.

The Competition Organisers should not be held as responsible for troubles, which might crop up in the organization of these events.

A concert, at which certain of the prizewinners selected by the Jury, will participate will be held at the Salle Pleyel on Sunday 8 November 2009, with the Orchestre de Paris, conducted by Jean Deroyer.


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